First responders still suffering as 9/11 anniversary approaches
As the eleventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2003 attack on the World Trade Center draws near, the issues surrounding health problems suffered by those who responded to the catastrophe have yet to be resolved.
Here is a sampling of media coverage of those issues:
From the New York Post:
Feds FINALLY ready to recognize 9/11 cancer link
By MICHAEL GARTLAND
After an 11-year battle, the federal government is poised to finally recognize that people who lived near Ground Zero — as well as rescue and recovery workers who sifted through the toxic rubble there — got cancer as a result.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health — which is responsible for deciding whether cancer should be among the illnesses covered by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act — is expected to…Read more>>
Anniversary of 9/11 marked under cloud of health problems, funding fights
Eleven years after the September 11, 2001, attacks, New Yorkers will mark the anniversary on Tuesday against a backdrop of health concerns for emergency workers and a feud over financing that has stopped construction of the $1 billion Ground Zero museum.
While notable progress on redevelopment of the World Trade Center has been made since early disputes over financial, design and security issues, the project remains hobbled by…Read more>>
From the Associated Press via nwi.com:
Tough task for those compensating ill 9/11 workers
Sheila Birnbaum is known in legal circles across New York as the "queen of torts" for her prowess in sorting out complicated cases. But she may be up against her most daunting task to date.
Since Attorney General Eric Holder appointed her special master of a Sept. 11 victims' compensation fund in May 2011, Birnbaum has been responsible for evenhandedly distributing $2.7 billion to ground zero responders and others who became ill after being exposed to dust and ash from the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center.
The problem is, she doesn't…Read more>>